Published March 08, 2013
2013 marks the 20th anniversary of the hit ‘90s CBS sitcom “The Nanny,” which was made popular by Fran Drescher’s famous voice… oh, and Fran Drescher herself, of course. Our friends at Snakkle.com take a look at where the cast is today - 20 years after it first aired on TV in 1993!
Fran Drescher THEN
Drescher’s first big break was as an extra on “Saturday Night Fever.” But it wasn’t until she landed the role of Fran Fine in TV’s “The Nanny”—about a bridal consultant-turned-nanny for a wealthy family— that she became a household name. Funny, sweet, and (questionably) fashionable, Fran not only won the hearts of the Sheffields, but also viewers everywhere.
Fran Drescher NOW
In 2001, two years after the conclusion of the show, Drescher beat uterine cancer, which inspired her to write “Cancer Schmancer” and launch her own non-profit organization of the same name. In 2008, she was appointed a U.S. diplomat, doing work in connection with her advocacy for women’s health and cancer awareness. As for acting, her latest work includes voicing Eunice, the wife of Frankenstein’s monster, in “Hotel Transylvania”, and starring in her own TV show (modeled after her very own life), “Happily Divorced.”
Charles Shaughnessy THEN
Prior to “The Nanny,” Charles Shaughnessy was already a famous TV star, known for his role as Shane Donovan in the soap opera “Days of Our Lives.” But the British actor went from his secret agent role to filthy rich widower when he signed on to play Maxwell Sheffield, the formerly stuffy and uptight patriarch who eventually falls in love with his gorgeous nanny.
Charles Shaughness NOW
After playing Maxwell Sheffield, British actor went on to voice Dennis the Goldfish in the animated Disney series, “Stanley,” for which he won an Emmy. Since then, he has continued doing guest roles in TV shows such as “Veronica Mars,” “Hannah Montana,” and “CSI: NY.” He also recently appeared on Drescher’s new series, “Happily Divorced” and had a role in Lifetime’s recent Elizabeth Taylor biopic, “Liz & Dick.” In 2007, Shaughnessy became the fifth Baron Shaughnessy upon the death of his second cousin.
Daniel Davies THEN
Though Daniel Davis spoke with an upper class British accent as Niles, the Sheffield family’s loyal, witty, and often sardonic butler, is in fact an Arkansas native with a Southern accent. Next to Drescher, Davis was one of the more hilarious characters on the show—especially when he was making snide remarks directed at Maxwell’s snooty business associate, C.C. Babcock (played by Lauren Lane), whom he fell in love with and eventually married in “The Nanny’s” last season.
Daniel Davies NOW
Daniel Davis continued doing Broadway plays following the conclusion of The Nanny, and was even nominated for a Tony Award for his role in Wrong Mountain. In recent years, he has done a few guest-starring roles in various TV shows, including “Frasier,” “The Practice,” and “The Fran Drescher Show.”
Nicholle Thom THEN
In addition to her role in “Beethoven,” Nicholle Tom is best known for playing Margaret “Maggie” Sheffield, the eldest daughter of Maxwell Sheffield. Initially shy and reserved, Tom’s character soon grows into a beautiful, confident young woman as the show progresses, under the guidance of her nanny (and later stepmom) Fran Fine.
Nicholle Thom NOW
After “The Nanny,” Nicholle Tom appeared in the critically acclaimed Sundance Film Festival entry, “Panic,” which she followed with small roles in “The Princess Diaries” and the Paris Hilton rom-com, “Bottoms Up.” In recent years, the actress has done guest appearances in various TV shows, including “Criminal Minds,” “The Mentalist,” and “Castle.”